I’ve heard many photographers say “The best camera you can have is the one you have with you.” (or something like that)
Any photographer who is passionate about taking good photos will find him or herself adding to the bag of gear he or she lugs around. This becomes pretty exciting as we grow in our skills and see the need for better equipment to give us the finest images with what we have. This also becomes a bit of a burden as our camera bag gets heavier and heavier. It becomes even more difficult if we plan to carry that bag onto an airplane. Anyone who has travelled with their precious camera gear knows the challenge of finding the best bag to travel with that can stay under our watchful eye and protect our lenses from careless bag handlers.
I have to say that my favorite camera is quite often my handy iPhone that’s rarely far away from my reach. (Unless of course I’m waiting for an important call and I happen to leave it in another room when the phone rings) Whenever my husband and I head out for a drive somewhere I always carefully tuck my bag in a safe place in the car and sometimes it doesn’t get picked up until we pull back into the garage. But my iPhone has three or four new photos of our adventures. Is it a better camera? No way, but an 8 mp camera with lots of creative apps that I can stick in my jeans pocket are tough is tough to pass up and is often my favorite camera.
My iPhone photos are easy to post to Instagram directly from whatever beautiful location we find ourselves. But sometimes I go back to these places and actually take my 20 lb bag of camera gear out of the car and sometimes even pull out my tripod. Sometimes that moment will be gone and I can’t return to it with my “big-girl camera” so the best camera is the one I have on me.
Can you tell which of these photos was taken with an iPhone and which was taken with a DSLR?